That was the quote from a temp that came in this morning to replace Kerri while she was out at a vendor training. I told her, "I had come to terms with it, but thanks for opening up that wound again."
This is my new desk and yes, its out here in the open, but I wouldn't say its in "Reception". We're all kind of out in Reception, because you can see everyone's office as soon as you walk in the door. Key items on the desk include a picture of my nieces and a sunset picture I took at Fordham. I also have a little Fordham banner and a mug full of pens.
In all seriousness, I like being out here. We have a small office here, but I already did the office thing at GM and I really didn't like it. I'm right here in the thick of things and nothing happens that I don't see. In fact, I tried to get into the "bullpen" at GM, but no one wanted to switch with me, so I got "stuck" in an office. (sob, sob... I know)
First new digs offline, now a new site. I think its interesting from a square footage perspective how much of the front page they've dedicated to Typepad versus the other services. LiveJournal is a little box under the fold, and the main LiveJournal.com hasn't changed at all. Its not as "menu"y as I would have expected and LJ doesn't really appear as a tier in the structure. Nonetheless, its yet another thing to follow in this company's interesting story. The site is much more professional overall. They're really putting together quite a bench there.
The big question for me now is whether to shamelessly submit my blog as a featured site. Perhaps after I get a Blogmoxie redesign. Speaking of which... I need to ping them again to see if they have an opening for me.
Question: Am I a sellout for putting the strip of Google ads at the top of the page on my personal site?
To be perfectly honest, I debated this for a while. I've had ads up on the Success Blogging site since the beginning, and the site has basically paid for itself in the first month. However, that, while still not entirely a business, is more of a pseudo commercial venture, so ads seemed not entirely inappropriate there. But this is my page. Am I crossing the line by pawning the space at the top?
I don't think so, and here's why:
1) The ads don't cost you anything, not even in terms of the annoyance cost. They don't drop cookies, pop up, make sounds, or drop spyware on your PC. They just sit there, white on black with a little grey, seemlessly blending into the color scheme of the page. (PS... I've decided the format needs an upgrade... that's like Project #7 on the list... too much to do.)
2) They may actually provide a service for you. Perhaps they link you to something useful.
3) A good deal of the traffic on my site isn't necessarily from friends and people I know. I get a lot of random traffic passing through. I know that because I can see where people are coming from. I think 10% of my traffic comes from people Googling "Gmail Notifier" or "Stanford MBA". I think of my ads like a commuter tax for those people. You don't live here, but you use the content. Why shouldn't you contribute?
One thing is bothering me, though. There's an ad at the top that directly competes with Success Blogging. In fact, the website has a very similar name. Of course, there's plenty of room for consultants and speakers talking about how blogging can make you successful, so I'm not that worried, but still, if I had the choice, I'd rather not be advertising for a competitor on my site. Or, perhaps his success will help my own and vice versa. Anyway... I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Remind me again.... Is it the third, or the fourth sign of the Apocalypse when two mobloggers capture the same exact moment? In this case, its the Six Apart folks (not surprisingly): Ben and Barak. Where was Andrew when all this was going on? Clearly, he dropped the ball on the moblog trifecta.
From Steve Rubel... Great quote...Link: Micro Persuasion: How Not to Pitch a Blogger.
Back in my early career my mentors used to tell me never put anything in email to a journalist that you wouldn't want on the front page of The New York Times. Well, nowadays you need to think bigger. I say, never put anything in an email to a blogger that you wouldn't want to stick on your own forehead for life!